Dr. Gong explains how you can prevent pink eye.
Pink eye or conjunctivitis is very contagious, so we tell our patients to make sure that you practice good lid hygiene and that you wash your hands before you ever touch your eyes, especially if you are a contact lens wearer.
We ask that you don’t share your wash cloth with anyone. You probably should change out your wash cloth every day until the infection is gone.
Contact lens wearers, we tell them after four to six weeks of using their case, even though they wash it and clean it every day, you should throw it away every four to six weeks because 99 percent of pink eye in the contact lens wearers is from the case.
We recommend that you don’t share makeup with other people, especially mascara.
About Dr. Aleta Gong, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D.:
Dr. Aleta Gong, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D., is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and the Southern California College of Optometry. She is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She has had extensive training at several hospitals and has been trained in specialty contacts, ocular disease, and vision therapy.
She is an active member of the American Optometric Association, and is past president of the Arizona Optometric Association. She also has been one of two state directors for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program since 2001.
Presently, she is the state liaison for the nurse’s vision screening program for Arizona. She was a state board proctor for the Arizona licensing board from 1993 to 2001. Dr. Gong has been chosen to be a C.O.P.E. reviewer for national lectures. Dr. Gong also started the InfantSEE® program for Arizona.